Science scarecrow trail

IMG_0097IMG_0105A town not too far from us is having their annual festival at the moment. There is a mixture of science, art, music and sport on over the next couple of weeks. Most of the events are aimed at older children however for the whole of the festival, there are a number of scarecrows and art exhibitions & open studios dotted around the town open on the weekends. The scarecrows are themed around 50 years of biomedical science. IMG_0096


This was one of my favourite scarecrows – human genome sequenced.

IMG_0101It was a gorgeous, hot and sunny day last Sunday. We packed a picnic and decided to head over and have a bit of a look round. We had a lovely walk around the town spotting the scarecrows and visiting a few art exhibitions. Poppet enjoyed her first picnic in the park. Not that she ate much. I wasn’t sure if it was because there was too much going on around her or if she just doesn’t like sandwiches (she never eats sandwiches if I try to give her them). You can imagine my surprise when I pick her up from nursery the following day to be told they had a picnic in the park and Poppet ate plenty of sandwiches! Anyway back to the festival (although if anyone has any ideas for picnic food for a 12 month old I’d be glad of some more ideas).

IMG_0122 IMG_0103I love visiting this particular town, even when there isn’t a festival on. It’s just such a lovely, pretty town with lots of nice walks. There is the park in the centre of town, several nice playgrounds, a canal and several other walking routes such as a former railway.

Scarecrow trails are great for families. Walking is much more enjoyable for children when they are distracted. Children will love spotting the scarecrows and try to identify/guess what they are. Older children can practice map reading (if there is a map of the scarecrow trail like there was in our case) to locate the scarecrows. Younger children (like Poppet) will just enjoy the colours and be out in the fresh air (Poppet also enjoyed an hours nap in her pram).

Below is a selection of photos of some of the scarecrows. Most of the scarecrows were made by local children, from primary school up to high school age but a few were done by local artists.


First heart, lung and liver transplant. First functioning laser.


Artificial heart. Beta blockers used in cardiovascular medicine. Prions discovered to be the cause of mad cow disease. The molecular structure of insulin discovered.


First test tube baby born


First test tube baby born

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  1. May 24, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    This looks like a really great and fun idea for a day out. Never heard of these scarecrow trail until recently. #countrykids

    • Claire
      May 26, 2014 / 4:11 pm

      I’ve heard of them before but this is the first one we have been to.

    • Claire
      May 26, 2014 / 4:12 pm

      I’ve seen a couple advertised in recent years near us. Often as part of an open garden weekend. This is the first one we’ve gone to though.

  2. May 24, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    Okay I am a bit creeped out with those scarecrow but anything for science! I am so in love with that creek. I can hear the water flow in my head while looking at it =) #CountryKids

    • Claire
      May 26, 2014 / 4:13 pm

      That creek/river is lovely, I love how clear the water is.

  3. May 24, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    Making science fun and interesting for the children – a great idea! Perfect day for a picnic and a stroll through the beautiful village. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Claire
      May 26, 2014 / 4:14 pm

      Yes, I thought it was a great idea to get kids interested in science. Bothe the ones who were involved in making the scarecrows and the ones who get to look at them.

  4. May 25, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    I think that scarecrow trail is wonderful! What a fun activity for children to take part in and make, but also follow. Have to say I find the last test-tube baby photos a bit bizarre!

    Nipping over from Country Kids.

    • Claire
      May 26, 2014 / 4:15 pm

      Yes I know what you mean about the test tube ones. I hope someone explained to the kids that the baby didn’t fully grow in the test tube!!

  5. May 29, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    This looks like a stunning day, we have a local art week and last year they yarn bombed the whole town it is wonderful. If it was down to me everywhere would be covered in bunting, makes everything looks so lovely.

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